2020 was transformational for Power to Change.
During the coronavirus pandemic, community businesses have been at the forefront of support for the communities they serve. They helped to ensure that no one went hungry, that the need for physical isolation did not result in social isolation, and that thousands of volunteers could come together and play an active part in their communities.
It also meant they had to change how they ran their businesses. Which meant we needed to change the support we were providing. Our experience of championing community businesses since 2015 meant we understood very quickly what they needed. We collaborated with our strategic partners – Locality, Co-operatives UK and Plunkett Foundation – to co-design emergency funding programmes, while also relying heavily on our panel of 16 community business leaders to help inform our approach.
We’re extremely proud of the incredible work put in by everyone at Power to Change and our partner organisations.